Bruins Recall Bussi After Ullmark Injury
The Boston Bruins called up Providence goalie Brandon Bussi less than 24 hours after Linus Ullmark left the Bruins’ victory over Washington due to an injury on Tuesday night.
24-year-old Bussi has performed well for the Providence Bruins. He has a record of 21-5-4, a goals-against average of 2.38, with a save percentage of .925. Although he still has yet to play in a game for the Bruins, the 6-foot-5, 209-pound goalie backed up Jeremy Swayman on Sunday at Philadelphia. Ullmark and Swayman are the only goalies who have appeared in a game for Boston this year; Keith Kinkaid is the sole exception.
Should We Be Worried About Ullmark Injury?
According to coach Jim Montgomery even if he hadn’t left Thursday’s game with what was described as “muscle tightness,” it’s probable that the Bruins would have recalled Bussi among a wave of Providence players to suit up and perhaps even start at Montreal on Thursday. In the postgame press conference on Tuesday, Montgomery described pulling Ullmark from the game as a precaution and stated that he was unconcerned about his goalie’s health.
“Just precautionary,” Montgomery said. “He’s gonna be fine.… Just some muscle-tightening. That’s all.”
Better To Be Cautious
Ultimately, It makes perfect sense that Ullmark shouldn’t board a plane for a pointless matchup against the Canadians. With other recently injured players like Charlie McAvoy, Patrice Bergeron, and Taylor Hall, the team might exercise similar caution. The most important thing at this point really is getting the team prepared mentally and physically for playoff hockey starting next week.